Evangelist Dan Peterson
But God, I Didn't Really Mean It....
2 Samuel 21:1-9
1During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.” 2The king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.) 3David asked the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? How shall I make amends so that you will bless the LORD’S inheritance?” 4The Gibeonites answered him, “We have no right to demand silver or gold from Saul or his family, nor do we have the right to put anyone in Israel to death.” “What do you want me to do for you?” David asked. 5They answered the king, “As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us so that we have been decimated and have no place anywhere in Israel, 6let seven of his male descendants be given to us to be killed and exposed before the LORD at Gibeah of Saul—the Lord’s chosen one.” So the king said, “I will give them to you.” .... 9He handed them over to the Gibeonites, who killed and exposed them on a hill before the LORD. All seven of them fell together; they were put to death during the first days of the harvest, just as the barley harvest was beginning. (NIV)
I. Saul Broke the Oath that Israel Had Made. (vs. 2)
II. God Takes Our Oaths Seriously.
III. God Punished Israel For What Saul Had Done. (vs. 1)
IV. God Didn't Relent Until Restitution Was Made. (12-14)
V. We Need To Take Our Oaths & Vows Seriously.